West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights

RTE Act 2009

'The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009' or 'Right to Education Act also known as RTE', came into force from April 1, 2010.

The Act describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14 in India under Article 21A of the Indian Constitution. The title of the RTE Act incorporates the words ‘free and compulsory’. ‘Free education’ means that no child, other than a child who has been admitted by his or her parents to a school which is not supported by the appropriate Government, shall be liable to pay any kind of fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him or her from pursuing and completing elementary education. ‘Compulsory education’ casts an obligation on the appropriate Government and local authorities to provide and ensure admission, attendance and completion of elementary education by all children in the 6-14 age group.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 Click to View or Download